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Well the heat is on! I only got out one morning with Bruce up the mountains this week taking care of the grass. Tuesday morning I took John out for a little catfishing and we or I had a pretty good day. John ended the day with one landed catfish, missing about 15. I boated about 15 catfish, missing about 15. I have never seen catfish getting off hooks as much as the other day. We picked up most of the fish with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Several other guys have been bank fishing for catfish landing 3 to 5 fish a trip. Most guys are doing best with shrimp, bunker, nightcrawlers and chunked eels. Anthony weighted in a 45 pound flathead taken in the lower Delaware caught with a live bluegill. Biggest catfish we have had in the store. John has been out several times with bunker and nightcrawlers catching 25 to 45 catfish a trip. The other day he took his grandchildren out and picked up a bunch of bluegills mixed in with catfish. JR talked up some bigger stripers with live eels fishing the channel in 40 to 50 feet of water. A couple decent carp being picked up below the Tacony on corn, carp baits and boilies. One fisherman last week had pictures of fish up to 40 pounds.
Upper River has been very good but extremely low water conditions. Waders seem to be doing better in the Stockton, Washington’s Crossing and New Hope sections. Minnows, grubs and spinners working best. Most guys have been catching 10 to 15 fish a trip. One drift fisherman had a couple great days last weekend picking up 25 to 40 smallies a trip with a bunch of smaller stripers mixed in. Another fisherman at New Hope picked up a bunch of decent stripers in the fast water with live eels. Mixed in were a few 15 to 20 pound flatheads. Kevin way up had one big striper last weekend with some higher off color water. Fishing a live rainbow trout he picked up a 39 inch 26 pound bass just below the 80 bridge. During the day hours he has been catching 15 to 25 smallies with live minnows and grubs.
Penn Warner still hot for perch, crappies, bass and pickerel. Chuck and Jay had a few decent largemouth bass this past week with live minnows. Keith has been doing very well with perch and crappies fishing small grubs, tubes and jigs off his dock. Core Creek really slowed up for bass but one fisherman in the lower end picked up a couple carp 15 and 17 pounds with different carp baits. One other fisherman caught several bluegills with mealworms fishing with his kids. Fall’s Township Jim said smaller bass hitting plastic worms, minnows and nightcrawlers. Not much else. FDR guys are just talking up smaller bass and bluegills with mealworms, earthworms, and minnows and trout magnets. Magnolia Lake several guys picking up smaller bass with spinner baits, buzz baits and plastic worms. At the shopping center lake the landscaper caught a few crappies, bass and bluegills fishing nightcrawlers, minnows and little twister tails. Marsh Creek Jack had a great weekend with pickerel, bass and yellow perch. He did best with live minnows. Nockamixon John still doing well on smaller bass in shallow water with weedless surface lures. Fishing the deeper ledges one evening he landed a 4-½ pound smallmouth bass with a live baitfish. He was out looking for stripers with only that one bass. One night fisherman on Lake Galena picked up a bunch of decent crappies fishing live minnows and small tube lures.
Anthony fishing the Duke of Fluke had a pretty good day coming in 5th with 11 keepers big fish over 6 pounds. The did their best in the upper Delaware Bay around Fortescue. Now I have had several good reports of bigger flounder fishing the upper bay with bucktails, squid and Gulp mullet. In the bay plenty of sharks and cow ray skates mixed in. In the Cape may up to Ventnor plenty of good size kingfish are being caught off the beaches and jetties during the day with plenty of big brown and tiger sharks biting at night. These guys have been doing best with bloodworms and Fish Bites for kingfish with bunker and mackerel for the sharks. Dick fishing at Atlantic City has been catching 10 to 45 kingfish each trip down with bloodworms. Back bays of Atlantic City fishing squid, minnows, small bucktails and Gulp mullet lots of small flounder and sea bass hitting. Lots of reports in the central part of Jersey for flounder with tons of fish being caught with very few keepers. Now for bigger flounder guys fishing north jersey in the Shrewsbury Rocks picking up 4 to 8 pound flounder with bigger bucktails and 6 inch gulp grubs. Hot colors have been nuclear chicken, glow white and pink shine. Tuna fishing has been on fire with guys talking up 15 to 40 tuna a trip. Yellow fin and blue fin hitting gold and silver diamond jigs and butterfish. Most of these fish have been 30 to 75 pounds. Chesapeake has been pretty good for croakers and spots with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Now the numbers have not been as good as years past but guys are still coming home with plenty of fish. Rich just got back from Florida saying it was the worse fishing he has ever seen. It is all due to the green agile bloom taken over most of Florida. He fished several days catching smaller snook with his fly rod.
Not much on the Jersey Lakes this past week. One fisherman at Newton looking for snakeheads picked up 7 smaller bass all with top water weedless lures. Pennsauken Creek towards the river one fisherman picked up 24 carp this past week with carp baits and boilies. Most fish 10 to 15 pounds with a few golden carp mixed in. Jerry still doing well with pickerel, perch and crappies fishing Elmer Lake with minnows, twister tails and spinners. Back in the sand pits in Wildwood several decent bass hitting plastic worms, spinner baits and poppers. Problem here has been the bugs drive you out just as the fishing gets good as the sun starts to set.
Well that is all I have for you this week. Super hot weekend coming up so if you’re heading out, think early in the day and wading the rivers and creeks is a great way to beat the heat.